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Police leave empty handed in Apollonas raid

Apoel fans celebrate win at Nicosia clubhouse

Police said on Saturday that a raid on the football fan clubhouse of Apollonas in Limassol, resulted in bookings for offences related to drink laws.

“A search was carried out at premises frequented by fans of Apollona, in Limassol last night by members of the police as part of the ongoing campaign to prevent and combat crime and criminal behaviour,” a statement said.

“During the operation, which was carried out following the issue of a judicial warrant, the interior and exterior areas of the premises were searched, with nothing incriminating being detected. Twenty-six people found to be in the premises were also searched without any wrongdoing being detected.”

“The premises were reported for an offence pertaining to the law on alcoholic beverages.”

The raid follows a similar one carried out last Wednesday in Strovolos, at a clubhouse frequented by Nicosia club Apoel’s fans which resulted in four arrests and the discovery of an amount of cannabis.

The Nicosia raid came in the wake of last Monday night’s trouble in the capital at Apoel’s 90’th anniversary celebrations, when traffic police were called in to divert traffic and close the roads leading to the area around the team’s main clubhouse, near the Hilton hotel, which was engulfed in smoke from firecrackers.

Police who arrived in riot gear, fought pitched battles with some of the estimated 250 fans throwing bangers and any other objects they could get their hands on.

Traffic lights were destroyed causing delays for a couple of days, while the tavern adjacent to the clubhouse was looted.

Following that incident, sports federation chairman Kleanthis Georgiades spoke about political intervention to free troublemakers, saying it was something that known to have happened many times over the years, irrespective of the team the fans supported.

Police categorically rejected the accusation, arguing that members of the force did not allow interventions in their work, whether related to football violence or otherwise and called on Georgiades to hand over any evidence he had to the police leadership.



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